Read an Excerpt From Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom


NPR's offering up a sizable chunk of the author's highly anticipated new novel, and it starts like this:

The news about Walter Berglund wasn't picked up locally — he and Patty had moved away to Washington two years earlier and meant nothing to St. Paul now — but the urban gentry of Ramsey Hill were not so loyal to their city as not to read the New York Times.

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